“Many authors have told meandering tales of looking for drugs, but more personal material, such as memories from an infamous day in American history, gives the book its staying power. In the end, readers will get to know the author not just as someone who traveled the world looking to score, but as a man who experienced fear, loathing, and the loss of a loved one as well. And it is in the unveiling of a relatable person that the memoir is able to transcend…paints a vivid picture of a world traveler bent on illicit explorations.”
“Readers who would take On the Road to the next level, journeying into mind-bending mental realms changed by drugs and challenging life encounters, will find TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD a vigorous, revealing memoir that closely examines personal change and larger life goals.”
—Midwest Book Review
“A memoir like no other, TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD serves up a grand reminder that the truth is always stranger than fiction. Resplendent with laugh-out-loud moments, awe-inspiring travel tales and staggering stories certain to induce slack-jawed disbelief, this is one bold, balls-out, bodacious book.”
TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD
By Joseph Davida
It began with an after-school trip to Mike’s Lotto candy store and a particularly sour piece of Double Bubble. When eight-year-old Joseph Davida unwittingly chewed a piece of PCP-laced bubblegum, he was launched into a world of breathing trees, flaming walls, and apocalyptic visions. These visions, as described in his new memoir TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD (Dark Planet Press; ISBN 9780999397503; $10.99; Original Trade Paperback), were the catalyst that launched his quest to find the elusive “Professor” in the jungles of Central America, the pyramids of Egypt, and the temples of Kathmandu.
“And then…I heard a voice. It was the sweetest voice I had ever heard, and it told me that I’d passed my test. And then it explained that while everything I’d seen was real, it was not too late. There was still time for things to turn out okay, but there was just one catch…I had to save the world.”
—From TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD
In the summer of 1994, 18-year-old Joseph found himself at the end of his lease in a rundown apartment in New York City’s Lower East Side. Instead of searching for a new place to live, he spent his last dime on an impulse ticket to Amsterdam.
“The reason I chose Holland, of course, was for the weed.”
—From TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD
Amsterdam was only the first stop on Joseph’s drug-laced quest of spiritual and personal exploration. In his travels he experienced the 90’s EDM scene of Amsterdam; the spiritual gurus of Nepal; a serious case of blistering sunburn in Belize; and the frenetic bustle of Japan. All the while, he sought out his spiritual guide “The Professor” and the answers to life’s big questions in his hopes to unlock the secret to saving the world from its impending demise.
TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD is a tale for the next “Beat Generation” that would make Jack Kerouac proud. Fans of On the Road, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Catcher in the Rye will enjoy this mind-bending travel memoir of reflection and psychedelic adventure.
About the Author
After a near death experience at age fifteen, Joseph Davida left his parents’ home and moved into Manhattan. Too young to get a “real” job, he started up what became one of the biggest weed delivery services in New York to support himself while he pursued his career as a musician and songwriter. For years he worked with some of the best musicians in the world, until a nervous breakdown brought his time in the music industry to an end. During this time, he traveled the world before finally settling in Nashville, where he had two beautiful daughters and started a successful chain of retail stores. He now concentrates on being a good father, and actively plans for the coming revolution…while also working to get his many stories onto the page.
TRAVELING HIGH & TRIPPING HARD | By Joseph Davida | Published by Dark Planet Press
ISBN: 978-0-9993975-0-3 | Original Trade Paperback | Price: $10.99 | 214 pp.
“Worth a read among the traditional cozies.”
—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review on Seeds of Revenge
“Cunning crimes, charismatic characters, and a cozy (if occasionally murderous) community all set this series, and story, apart—as does the authenticity and assuredness with which the author writes.”
—John Valeri, Criminal Element on Seeds of Revenge
“This third series offering is a complex small-town mystery with well-rounded, fascinating characters.”
—Library Journal on Seeds of Revenge
“Tyson’s first-rate second Greenhouse mystery stars big-city lawyer turned small-town organic farmer Megan Sawyer, a kind, intelligent, and spirited woman with great integrity. In short, she’s the sort of person cozy readers warm to and root for.”
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Bitter Harvest
“Tyson gives us an evocative sense of place, a bit of romance, and dimensional characters with interesting backstories. Readers are left looking forward to the next book in the series and hankering for organic mushroom tartlets.”
– Publishers Weekly on A Muddied Murder
ROOTED IN DECEIT
A Greenhouse Mystery Book Four
by Wendy Tyson
Summer has arrived for Was
hington Acres organic farm and its farm-to-table restaurant and grocery, the Washington Acres Cafe and Larder. It’s been quiet for the last few months in the idyllic Bucks County town of Winsome, Pennsylvania after the events of Seeds of Revenge, when a man was murdered by his son. Yet it’s no summer vacation for environmental-lawyer-turned-farmer Megan Sawyer when a high-end yoga retreat opens in the next town over—and the Cafe’s clientele starts making their way over to its shiny new offerings. But when up-and-coming
artist and her ex-best friend Thana Moore is strangled in the back of her car, Megan is once again thrust into solving the latest mystery in Winsome.
In bestselling author Wendy Tyson’s new novel, ROOTED IN DECEIT: A Greenhouse Mystery (Henery Press; September 4th, 2018; ISBN 9781635113846), Megan has no interest in stepping
inside the new retreat. With crates of organic greens to bring to Philadelphia restaurants and a grand opening to prepare for a new wood-fire pizza farm, she doesn’t have the time. But then the detectives on the case discover her father’s high-maintenance Italian wife Sylvia had an
explosive argument with Thana hours earlier, and the murder weapon is a scarf that looks suspiciously like Sylvia’s. Worse, Maria, the wife of Washington Acres Cafe’s superior-yet-grumpy cook, Alvaro, was fired after being suspected of destroying one of Thana’s paintings. Would Maria kill her out of revenge? Despite her attitude, would Sylvia truly be guilty of murder?
Even though Megan’s relationship with her father and her difficult-to-please stepmother are strained, Megan starts sniffing around for clues to prove the innocence of both women. The plot twists when the detectives start poking around Megan’s personal relationship with the newly deceased. She must swallow her pride about her ex-best friend and piece together the years
after their falling out…Only to find that something sinister is afoot in Bucks County.
If Megan doesn’t find the murderer, innocent people may be prisoned and even more could die. In ROOTED IN DECEIT, Megan must dive into her past to find Thana’s killer, even if she doesn’t like what she may find out about herself. If she doesn’t uncover the truth in time, will this idyllic Winsome summer turn into a nightmare?
ABOUT WENDY TYSON
Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer, and former therapist who writes the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series and the Allison Campbell Mystery Series. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals and in the short story anthology Betrayed: Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors. Wendy is a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins. She and her husband recently moved their micro-farm from Pennsylvania to the Green Mountains of Vermont. For more information about Wendy, visit her at www.watyson.com.
ABOUT HENERY PRESS
Henery Press an independent publisher in the mystery and suspense genre focused on engaging stories with sharp twists and lively characters. Visit www.henerypress.com to learn more.
ROOTED IN DECEIT | A Greenhouse Mystery Book Four | By Wendy Tyson | Henery Press | Publication Date: September 4th, 2018 | ISBN: 9781635113846 | Original Trade Paperback & E-Book | Price: $15.95 / $4.99 | 270 pages
“Strap on your helmet and buckle your seat belt. Your wild ride at the Pentagon officially begins now.” –From THE HEART OF WAR
THE HEART OF WAR
Misadventures in the Pentagon
By Kathleen J. McInnis
Working in Washington, D.C.’s national security bubble, International Security Specialist Kathleen McInnis understands what it is like to be a young woman making her way in the Pentagon. The experience can be hard, both professionally and personally—which is why she decided to write about the unique challenges women face in the national security community in her humorous and entertaining new novel THE HEART OF WAR: Misadventures in the Pentagon (Post Hill Press; Release Date September 25th, 2018; ISBN 9781682616512; $16.00 paperback).
In THE HEART OF WAR, Dr. Heather Reilly is an academic peacenik living in San Diego, swamped with debt from her and her pacifist fiancé’s crushing student loans. Since her brother was killed fighting the Taliban, she’s been an anti-war activist. But when a fellowship in the Pentagon comes along with the chance to work on a peace plan for Afghanistan and pay down her debt at the same time, Heather agrees to move east and work in the “puzzle palace.” When she arrives in the Pentagon, however, she discovers her position has been eliminated in the Department of Defense’s latest “reorg”. Instead, she’s placed into the war-fighting office focusing on Russian aggression under the terrifying management of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Ariane Fletcher, also known as the Wicked Witch of the Pentagon.
With a brother killed in combat and a sister-in-law who is still in mourning, Heather is deeply conflicted about her new position—not to mention, she has no experience in U.S.—Russia relations. But thanks to Air Force Colonel Tom Voight, a staffer she joins forces with, Heather learns to navigate the job and carves herself a place in the Pentagon, despite its insane bureaucracy, petty power struggles, and endless militarized rules. But Voight hasn’t prepared her for how to deal with people like Fletcher, who is out for Heather’s blood; Adam Royle, a lieutenant who continuously throws Heather under the bus; Derek Odem, an advisor for the National Security Advisor who hijacks their plans; and her own fiancé, Ryan, who claims that Heather is selling out and has “become just as bad as one of the terrorists.”
In a novel that belongs on the shelves with The Devil Wears Prada, The Taliban Shuffle, Sammy’s Hill, The Hopefuls, and Catch-22, Heather must learn the hard way that success will come at the expense of her personal life—and that even the smallest of mistakes can have major consequences at the Department of Defense.
Based on the author’s experiences in foreign policy, THE HEART OF WAR is the story of a woman’s humorous and challenging journey from anti-war activist to national security hawk as she learns to understand her true calling to national service.
About the Author
Kathleen J. McInnis is a national security policy specialist who has worked in the Pentagon, the UK Parliament, and think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic. Having earned her doctorate at King’s College London, she currently analyzes international security and defense issues for the United States Congress. Kathleen lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
About the Publisher
Founded in 2013 by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and book industry professionals, Post Hill Press has successfully published a wide spectrum of books, with a focus on the categories of pop culture, business, self-help, health, and current events. Post Hill Press books have appeared on The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. A number of Post Hill Press authors have appeared on national media such as CNN, Fox News, The Doctors, and many others, as well as national radio and print outlets. They are distributed by Simon & Schuster.
THE HEART OF WAR | Misadventures in the Pentagon | By Kathleen McInnis | Published by Post Hill Press | September 25th, 2018 | ISBN 9781682616512 | Paperback / E-Book | Price: $16.00 | 272 Pages
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 20th, 2017
Twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter—
Donald Trump’s a heavy hitter.
When he’s feeling crossed and bitter,
He dispenses all that litter.
Twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter
Goes that clearly nutty critter,
Causing all of us to titter,
“He just needs a baby-sitter.”
Add this to the Trump con list:
Making cash hand over fist,
Like that big DC hotel.
Tax returns? So far, no tell.
HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL
Donald J. Trump’s First White House Year in Verse
By David Finkle
Illustrated by Roberta Granzen
Depressed and defeated, facing the inauguration day of a new U.S. President he calls “flabbergastingly unfit for office,” David Finkle, author of People Tell Me Things and The Man With the Overcoat, put thought and pen to the internet and posted a series of opinion-driven quatrains on Facebook. He decided to post daily until he had exactly a year and a day of Donald Trump’s first year in office.
Now, just in time for tax return season (Trump’s tax returns? So far, no tell), these humorous poems are available in a new book HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL: Donald J. Trump’s First White House Year in Verse (Plum Bay Publishing; April 2018; ISBN 9780998861753), with illustrations by Roberta Granzen. Readers will recognize “Humpty Trumpty” along with satirical characters familiar to us in the form of nursery rhymes like Ivanka Trump as Little Miss Muffet and Steve Bannon as a troll.
In a world where the inflammatory nature of day-to-day politics has put people on edge, readers will find a reprieve while they laugh, grin, and occasionally weep their way through Finkle’s engaging rhymes that recall these characters’ ups-and-downs from the past year.
Heads-of-state, chiefs-of-staff, senators, the FBI, and more are rifled with original and humorous illustrations in HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL, headlining each month’s collection, from Inauguration Day 2017 until January 20th, 2018.
HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL | Donald J. Trump’s First White House Year in Verse
By David Finkle | Illustrated by Roberta Granzen | Plum Bay Publishing | Publication Date April 2018
ISBN 9780998861753 | Paperback | $11.95 | 144 Pages